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Posted on: May 23, 2011 4:01 pm
Edited on: May 24, 2011 6:31 am
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Blazers part ways with GM Rich Cho

Blazers part ways with GM Rich Cho, college scouting director Chad Buchanan named acting GM in stunning move. 

Posted by EOB Staff


The Portland Trail Blazers announced today that they have parted ways with GM Rich Cho. Director of College Scouting Chad Buchanan has been named acting General Manager. Here's the Blazers' announcement: 

The Portland Trail Blazers announced today that they have parted ways with Rich Cho , the team's general manager of basketball operations.

"The fit between Rich and our team simply wasn't right," said Trail Blazers President Larry Miller. "This was a tough move because I respect Rich and he's a good person with many strong skills. But it simply wasn't a good match."

Trail Blazers Director of College Scouting Chad Buchanan will serve as acting general manager. Buchanan has been with the team for four years. Buchanan and Head Coach Nate McMillan will report to Miller until a permanent replacement is hired.

Trail Blazers Owner Paul G. Allen said the move is part of the franchise's commitment to building a championship contending team. "This decision, as difficult as it was to make, reflects our willingness to admit and recognize that things haven't worked out," Allen said. "We're going to be tough on ourselves in assessing what we could have done better, and then go out and find the executive who is the best fit with the needs of our franchise. That chemistry and connection is critically important." 

Cho of course was hired after popular and highly regarded GM Kevin Pritchard was fired after last year's draft. Now, with a month to go before this year's draft, the Blazers have once again changed directions. The Blazers made the playoffs both seasons despite dealing with significant injury issues but were eliminated in the first round each time. The instability is stunning for a franchise that seemed headed for certain prosperity and championship contention. as recently as 2008.

Reactions (Updating): 
  • Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix reports rival executives believed team president Larry Miller was the key decision maker, not Cho. 
  • Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus notes the Blazers passed over two assistant GMs Cho hired. This looks like a clean sweep.
  • Interestingly, the Oregonian reported two days ago that Cho "pushed" to suspend Brandon Roy over his comments about playing time during the playoffs. The move was blocked by upper management, and two days after that report surfaced, Cho and the Blazers parted ways.

More on this story soon from CBSSports.com.
Posted on: April 12, 2011 1:58 pm
Edited on: April 12, 2011 2:05 pm
 

Blazers sign C Earl Barron

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed free agent center Earl Barron. Posted by Ben Golliver. earl-barron

The Portland Trail Blazers had looked content to enter the NBA playoffs with their roster but then starting center Marcus Camby suffered a freak neck injury last week. Camby's absence exposed Portland's lack of interior depth, a constant problem during a season that has seen big men Greg Oden and Jeff Pendergraph go down to season-ending knee injuries. 

On Tuesday, the Blazers decided to fill their one remaining roster spot with the best available seven-footer: free agent center Earl Barron. He will be eligible for the playoffs.     
The Portland Trail Blazers have signed center Earl Barron for the remainder of the season, it was announced today by General Manager Rich Cho. Barron, 29, was a member of the 2005-06 NBA Champion Miami Heat his rookie season in the league and has played parts of five seasons with Miami (2005-08), the New York Knicks (2009-10), Phoenix Suns (2010-11) and Milwaukee Bucks (2010-11), posting career averages of 5.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 15.1 minutes in 108 games (27 starts).
A University of Memphis product, Barron (7-0, 250) averaged 3.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 14.1 minutes in 19 games (six starts) with Phoenix and Milwaukee this season.
Barron also played parts of five seasons in the NBA Development League, making the D-League All-Star team in 2009-10 with the Iowa Energy. The Trail Blazers roster now stands at 15 players. Barron will wear jersey No. 40.
Camby is expected to return to the court this week and be available for the playoffs, so Barron is really just injury insurance. The Blazers also recently signed reserve big man Chris Johnson, who has played sparingly when Camby has been out. 

Rather than lean on Johnson or Barron should Camby go down again, Blazers coach Nate McMillan is much more likely to play a smallball lineup that shifts forward LaMarcus Aldridge into the middle. Nevertheless, the spot was open and there's very little cost associated with bringing Barron on at this point.

The signing completes a crazy year for Cho, who has signed five free agent centers in less than six months: Fabricio Oberto, Sean Marks, Jarron Collins, Johnson and now Barron.

If the playoffs started Tuesday, the Blazers would be the Western Conference's No. 6 seed. They would face off against the No. 3 seed Los Angeles Lakers.
Posted on: March 8, 2011 4:05 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2011 4:19 pm
 

Blazers sign coach Nate McMillan to extension

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed coach Nate McMillan to a two-year contract extension. Posted by Ben Golliver. nate-mcmillan

The Portland Trail Blazers announced on Tuesday that they have inked head coach Nate McMillan to a two-year contract extension, carrying his deal through the 2012-2013 season.

On a Blazers.com video stream, McMillan said that the agreement, which had been hinted at earlier this week, came together quickly. "The offer was made this morning and it was accepted this morning," McMillan said. "I was busy this morning." 

Blazers owner Paul Allen chimed in shortly thereafter on Twitter: "I'm thrilled we just signed 2-year contract with Nate McMillan who committed to coach the Blazers for 2 more years!"

The Blazers' release included statements of support from Allen, GM Rich Cho and President Larry Miller.
"Over the past 12 months we have made significant investments in this team, all keenly focused on assembling the right pieces to compete this year and in the future," Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen said. "We've done that by adding Marcus, Wesley and most recently, Gerald and, now, I'm glad that after productive discussions,  Nate is now committed to be our coach for two more years."
"With his NBA and USA Basketball track record, Nate has established himself as one of the premier minds in the game of basketball," said Cho. "What Nate has accomplished in the last few years is truly remarkable and getting his contract extended was a top priority for the franchise and me."

"Without question Nate has ascended into the upper echelon of coaches," said Trail Blazers President Larry Miller. "He's more than demonstrated his leadership and commitment to the team and this community and the time was right to demonstrate our commitment to him by extending his contract."
Portland's recent history has been injury-plagued, with franchise center Greg Oden troubled by multiple knee injuries and guard Brandon Roy missing significant time this season as well. McMillan has developed a reputation as the steadying hand, guiding the Blazers into the playoffs the past two years, on track for another playoff run this year as well. 

To achieve that success, he's leaned heavily on his slow-down, rebound-centric offense that looks to create high percentage shots and limit turnovers. This season, he's shown a new-found adaptability in Roy's absence, re-structuring his offense around forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who has responded by delivering career numbers. His defenses aren't spectacularly effective, but generally work hard and "scrap," which is by far McMillan's favorite and most often used word in the English language.

The organization's stated goal remains championship contention. When personal and philosophical differences led to a new management team and a new group of assistant coaches last summer, McMillan kept his head down and his lips sealed. While an early-season losing streak briefly raised questions about McMillan's future in Portland, and some wondered whether he would be a candidate for higher-profile jobs this summer, Blazers management has been unwavering in its public and private support of McMillan. 

Once the team righted itself after the loss of Oden to microfracture surgery this season, McMillan's return began to feel inevitable. If losing his franchise center to season-ending injuries for the second time in his first four years wasn't going to affect McMillan's ability to reach the playoffs, then McMillan started to look like the building block that should be in place long-term.

McMillan lives full time in the Rose City and is extremely active in local community service efforts. He understands the Portland market's need for accountability and transparency and the fanbase's desire for hard-working teams that fit the underdog ethos of the franchise's history. By all accounts, McMillan is happy in Portland. On the other side, the Blazers had far more to lose if McMillan left town given the difficulties of luring a premier coach to the NBA's most geographically-isolated city with a roster in peretual flux and a rookie management team. 

To boil it down, life with McMillan is far better than life without McMillan, and that's why you see the extension from the Blazers now. His reliability is a big asset for a team whose roster has been turned upside down multiple times over the last few years, and still hasn't settled into a finished product.
Posted on: February 24, 2011 5:50 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2011 5:54 pm
 

Trade Deadline: Bobcats trade Wallace to Blazers

The Charlotte Bobcats have traded forward Gerald Wallace to the Portland Trail Blazers. Posted by Ben Golliver and Royce Young.
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Portland Trail Blazers receive Gerald Wallace from the Charlotte Bobcats

by Ben Golliver

Years of rumored interest culminated on Thursday when the Portland Trail Blazers acquired Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace for reserve center Joel Przybilla, reserve forward Dante Cunningham, reserve center Sean Marks and two first round picks.

Wallace, famously nicknamed “Crash”, is a prototype for the type of basketball Blazers coach Nate McMillan likes to play: hard-nosed, aggressive, versatile, two-way and old school. He will find himself in like company alongside Blazers guard Wesley Matthews and forward Nicolas Batum, who both share his enthusiam for defense and high-intensity play.

This trade does not push the Blazers over the top into the realm of championship contention, but the fact that it didn’t require Portland to give up any of its major assets makes it a trade more than worth doing. None of the pieces sacrificed were critical or irreplaceable, and allowing Przybilla’s contract to expire this summer wouldn’t have helped the Blazers financially, as they are almost certainly committed to being over the cap for the foreseeable future thanks to long-term contracts already given to Aldridge and Roy, as well as big money that will need to be committed to center Greg Oden. As for the picks, the Blazers can always purchase draft picks in the future as they often have in the past. This trade comes down to cashing in multiple smaller assets into one big chip, a move the Blazers have been hesitant to make in previous years, much to their fans’ collective disappointment.

Pulling the trigger on this trade simply boiled down to whether Wallace was worth adding to the roster at his salary price of $10.5 million. Given his all-NBA defensive pedigree and the fact that two major division rivals – the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets – lost their franchise players this week, that question feels like a no-brainer. The Blazers get better, without a doubt, while the competition got worse. Portland is now poised to compete for the Northwest Division title and has improved its chances of winning a playoff series, something that would mean a lot to Allen and his management team given how injuries to Roy and Oden seemingly derailed the team’s carefully-constructed championship blueprints. 

The trade leaves Portland thin in the frontcourt, but the Blazers have found success playing small ball lineups because of a string of injuries this season, and Wallace should fit nicely into that plan. When the Blazers move LaMarcus Aldridge to center, McMillan will be able to use Matthews, Batum and Wallace nearly interchangeably on the perimeter.  The rotation could get tight, though, when guard Brandon Roy continues to make his comeback from knee surgery but the Blazers could opt for a big lineup with Roy playing the point guard spot on offense and defending off the ball on defense.

A few questions remain: Are there enough minutes for both Batum and Wallace, how will Portland address the age of key players like Andre Miller and Marcus Camby and where will Portland turn to address its lack of frontcourt depth? But this trade made the Blazers better this season and it didn’t meaningfully compromise their future flexibility. That adds up to a strong start for first year GM Rich Cho.

Charlotte Bobcats receive Joel Przybilla, Dante Cunningham, Sean Marks and two first round picks from the Portland Trail Blazers

By Royce Young

It had been something on the table this entire season. It was whispered by many, but it didn't appear that the Bobcats were going to get serious about truly blowing up the roster and starting anew. 

Wednesday, there was a lot of chatter that Charlotte was in active talks with Portland about sending former All-Star Gerald Wallace to the Blazers. And after a good amount of back and forth with one report saying Michael Jordan was getting cold feet, it finally happened. 

Wallace is headed to Portland for Joel Przybilla, Dante Cunningham, Sean Marks and two first-round picks. The Bobcats decided to set fire to the roster and it was about time. 

The price of this trade is the two first rounders, but also Przybilla, whose contract is up after this season. Charlotte is now setting itself up to actually rebuild, instead of just treading water. 

They are still in the Eastern playoff hunt and they'll likely slip from there, but it's worth it. That just means they get another lottery pick this season. At some point, hanging on to mediocrity just isn't worth it. If you're actually going to contend and make a dent in the tough top tier of the East, you've got to do better than what Charlotte was putting out. 

Yes, losing Wallace hurts. He was under contract through next season and had a player option in 2013. He was making almost $10 million which isn't a ton, but it was painfully clear that he wasn't the type of player that really was going to be a true building block. He's a great player, a great rebounder and a good scorer. But the Bobcats need to find a new identity and the best way to do that is by creating financial flexibility and stockpiling picks. 

In this NBA atmosphere, you're either trying to contend now or build for later. The Bobcats had caught themselves in a Bermuda Triangle in between of being good enough to win sometimes, but never with a vision to actually be a true contender. The step to blow up and is rebuild isn't easy and that's why Jordan probably hesitated, but this was the right move. 

 

Posted on: February 17, 2011 12:27 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Should the Blazers blow it up?

rich-cho-ball CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reports that the Portland Trail Blazers could be in for an active trade deadline. Posted by Ben Golliver. 

On Wednesday, CBSSports.com's Ken Berger noted a few factors that could make the Portland Trail Blazers an important player during the 2011 trade deadline season. First, the Blazers are just over the luxury tax line and presumably looking to get under it if possible. Second, the Blazers possess a number of expiring contracts that would serve as good bargaining chips. 
Execs are monitoring the intentions of Houston, Portland and Utah -- all tax-paying teams that will be deciding whether to go deeper into the tax or pull back from it.
One exec said he believes Portland GM Rich Cho is "poised for a pretty significant 24th." Given the grim prognosis for star guard Brandon Roy and the uncertainty about what cap space will be worth under the new labor rules, Cho is seriously considering cashing in on the expiring contract of Joel Przybilla and the essentially expiring deal of Andre Miller, whose 2011-12 salary is fully non-guaranteed. Marcus Camby, who has a year left at $12.9 million, could be enticing to one of the few deep-pocketed contenders not shy about taking on future money with CBA changes looming. The Mavericks, for example, will "listen to anything," according to a source.
Cho, Portland's first-year GM, doesn't have much of a track record to date, but he previously worked under Oklahoma City Thunder GM Sam Presti, who is known for his patience, discretion and how much he values salary cap flexibility. Cho appears to be cut from the same cloth. He's developed a reputation for his analytical approach to evaluating players and has made one significant move this season, dumping reserve guard Jerryd Bayless for a conditional first round draft pick in order to shed salary and increase his flexibility.

Here are the question that Cho has been grappling with all season: Are the Blazers, who have been bounced in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs each of the past two seasons, coming or going? And if they are going, is it time to blow things up and get younger?

I won't bore you with all the surgical details, but the Blazers have a number of factors clouding their ability to properly gauge their future lot. Two are much bigger than the others.

First, and most importantly, All-Star guard Brandon Roy has yet to return from dual knee surgeries and all indications are that he will be limited to some degree by his knees going forward. The Blazers are in the first year of a 5-year, $80+ million fully-guaranteed contract with Roy. He's as untradeable as a player can be.

Second, the Blazers must make a decision regarding chronically injured center Greg Oden this summer. Most likely, that decision will involve extending him a $8 million + qualifying offer which he will likely reject so that he can weigh multi-year offers. While his market value is unclear given that he is currently rehabilitating from his second microfracture knee surgery, the Blazers have indicated they are prepared to do what it takes to keep him. Between Oden and Roy, then, the Blazers have tied up a significant portion of their salary cap.

Making things even more complicated: the remaining Blazers have managed to climb all the way up to the middle of the pack in the Western Conference playoff picture and seem a solid bet to make the playoffs as is. Getting to the post-season matters to every NBA team, but it especially matters to the Blazers. Playoff gate revenue would surely be valued but, perhaps more importantly, this is a franchise that wants to take a place on the national stage whenever it can. Located in a small-market and geographically isolated from much of the basketball viewing public, the playoffs are a matter of pride and a chance for the team to shine when it so often feels overlooked. (Look no further than the LaMarcus Aldridge All-Star snub reaction to get a sense for this sentiment.) On top of that, Blazers owner Paul Allen is competitive and looking for a return on his investment of significant resources into this group of players.

Missing the playoffs, then, would be a blow to the pride, but also a blow to the credibility of the management staff. Despite all of the injuries, the resources and talent is still there, and that's without mentioning the team's solid head coach, Nate McMillan, who's making a case for Coach of the Year consideration. There are still expectations, even if the roof has caved in and eliminated the "contender" hopes for the time being. 

Any potential trade deadline move for Portland has to be assessed from the perspective of whether it will meaningfully impact Portland's ability to make the post-season. If a potential deal carries that risk, then it better have a sweetheart reward. If a deal can be engineered that helps the finances or the team's future without compromising this year's run, then that's got to be on the table.

Assessing Portland's roster through this lens divvies the players into some fairly clear groups. Players like Aldridge, Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum are obvious building blocks going forward. Roy and Oden are virtually impossible to move. The obvious candidates for a potential trade are point guard Andre Miller, along with centers Marcus Camby and Joel Przybilla. 

While there are financial arguments for moving any of them, Miller, Camby and Przybilla are of varied on-court importance.

Much has been made of Aldridge's breakout season - he's been floated as a Most Improved Player candidate and has twice won Western Conference Player of the Week honors - but none of that happens without his improved relationship with Miller, who hits him not only with lob after lob but also runs an effective late-game pick-and-roll as well. Miller probably trusted in Aldridge more than Aldridge did to start the season, and it's no coincidence that his voice was the loudest to complain when Aldridge was left off the All-Star team. The relationship that never developed between Miller and Roy - the relationship former Blazers GM Kevin Pritchard had hoped would make the Blazers a contender - now exists between Miller and Aldridge. 

Without question, Aldridge's now dependable production would be diminished this year if Miller is moved. The Blazers also have no other legit options capable of handling full-time point guard duties. Portland would be left, for the fourth time this season, to craft a new identity for themselves heading into the playoff stretch run. It wouldn't be impossible, but it wouldn't be particularly pleasant. It also wouldn't be all that intelligent, as the Blazers can cut and run out of Miller's contract if they find a better option this summer or he can be moved to a team next year as an expiring contract. Given his on-court value and future financial flexibility it makes far more sense to hold on to Miller than to move him, and I haven't even mentioned that his age and lack of playoff success render his external value questionable.

One of the most intriguing, under-reported wrinkles of Portland's season is that the Blazers are 10-4 since Camby underwent arthroscropic knee surgery. The Blazers have made due by using Aldridge as a center and playing more small-ball. It's certainly possible, perhaps not probable, that the Blazers could move Camby and still remain in the top eight, assuming Aldridge remains as healthy and productive as he has been since December.

The problem, of course, is the team's longer-term uncertainty at the center position. With Oden's future up in the air and Przybilla not at 100% since returning from two knee surgeries last season, Camby figures to be a fairly valuable component of a 2011-2012 Blazers team. Without him, the Blazers would be forced to either re-cast their new franchise player, Aldridge, as a center, draft a big man and be prepared to give him real minutes right off the bat, or find a random big off the scrap heap. None of those options would seem to be nearly as appetizing as making due with Camby for now and moving him during the draft or next season as an expiring contract should the center position crystallize a bit. While playoff teams looking for an extra big have expressed interest in Camby's services during a playoff run, the Blazers are interested in him for the same reason, and also because they don't have another reliable center penciled into the roster next season. He's a key locker room presence, too.

Przybilla, though, is a different story. His contract is expiring and he's not currently a critical component of the rotation, although he's filled in nicely during Camby's absence. When Camby returns, however, Przybilla reverts back to his status as a small-minute insurance piece and would likely be used sparingly in the playoffs with McMillan preferring to ride his starters. Longer-term, Przybilla's future in Portland is unclear as well, even though he's a local icon. He's simply not productive enough at this point to warrant a real financial commitment from the Blazers, given their other commitments discussed above. He is a living seven-foot tall human that can rebound so he will draw interest from around the league this summer, and he's also mentioned the possibility of retirement. Were the Blazers able to move Przybilla and receive limited contracts in return, utilizing a team's trade exception or open cap space, it's possible they could get under the luxury tax line without truly jeopardizing their rotation or playoff chances.  

Another player that was mentioned last summer but hasn't found his name in many rumors over the last month or two is guard Rudy Fernandez. Given Matthews' dependability and the potential return of Roy, Fernandez would become the most expendable member of the team's current rotation, although his ability to handle the ball helps his ability to get on the court should his minutes get squeezed. The formerly disgruntled Fernandez claims he is now happy in Portland and he's still on his rookie contract, so trading his $1.2 million salary alone wouldn't be enough to get the Blazers under the luxury tax line. Previously, Fernandez's asking price was said to be a late-first round pick. At this point, however, his internal value to the Blazers is likely higher than that given the questions surrounding Roy's availability. If you move Fernandez, a team that already struggles to score consistently and space the floor will be stretched even thinner. You would also be sacrificing a known, young, cheap rotation piece heading into a summer when you're likely to rebuild and get younger. 

Putting this all together, we shouldn't be surprised that things are busy for the Blazers in the run-up to the deadline. They've got loads of questions and an uncertain future, plus a bunch of potential trade chips and prospects on rookie deals. But the potential costs of a midseason overhaul seem to outweigh the benefits, and minimal activity at the deadline wouldn't preclude the team's ability to make the same moves this summer or during next season.
Posted on: February 16, 2011 12:14 am
Edited on: February 16, 2011 12:16 am
 

Warriors GM: lots of trade chatter, no substance

Golden State Warriors GM Larry Riley says this year's trade chatter lacks substance. Posted by Ben Golliver. larry-riley-warriors

Earlier Tuesday, we noted statements made by Portland Trail Blazers GM Rich Cho, who said that he feels trade talks are being held up by the uncertainty surrounding Denver Nuggets All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony and that things likely wouldn't pick up until next week.

Also on Tuesday, Golden State Warriors GM Larry Riley sang the same tune, telling the Mercury News that this year's trading season has been a lot of hot air so far.
"There’s a lot of chatter, but not a lot of substance to the chatter ... And it seems that a lot of teams actually positioned themselves last summer to get ready for what’s going on right now. So then there’s some reluctance to move away from the plans they put into place at that time. ... Now, things will Heat up. As people get closer to the deadline, deadlines tend to draw people out."
Also of note, Riley said that interest in expiring contracts this year appears to have wained.
"If you look at what has been done—Toronto acquires Peja Stojakovic and then apparently saw no value in having him as an expiring contract. And that philosophy looks to be in place with a lot of teams."
Aside from some foolish, back-tracked hypoethetical chatter regarding Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis from their new owner, the Warriors haven't found themselves in many trade rumors this year. 

With a 24-29 record as of Tuesday night, Golden State's chance of making a playoff push in the jam-packed Western Conference are remote. Taking on additional salary heading into a potential lockout would seem to be a risky proposition for any team, and the Warriors have already locked themselves into long-term deals for Ellis, David Lee and Andris Biederins, so any flexibility they can create will be at a premium. 

Given that the Warriors are currently over the cap and have two sizeable contracts coming off their books this summer -Vladimir Radmanovic and Dan Gadzuric - they might be best served to simply wait things out prior to the deadline, opting to enjoy that salary cap relief themselves and test their luck in the NBA Draft Lottery.
Posted on: February 15, 2011 10:55 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2011 11:13 pm
 

Blazers GM: Carmelo talks holding up other trades

Portland Trail Blazers GM Rich Cho says that the stalled Carmelo Anthony trade talks seem to be holding up other trade talks around the league.rich-cho-ball Posted by Ben Golliver.

Have you felt like a hostage to the endless Carmelo Anthony trade rumors? If so, you're in good company. 

Portland Trail Blazers GM Rich Cho told Blazers Broadcasting on Tuesday night that he believes the stalled talks involving Denver's All-Star forward have impacted other league-wide trade talks. Asked in an interview with host Jay Allen and former Blazers Jerome Kersey and Terry Porter if he felt like business had slowed as everyone waits to find out Melo's fate, Cho agreed.
"It seems like it. It looked like that deal was going to go down with New Jersey. And then that got held up. I don't know if it's still going to go down or something is going to happen with New York or maybe Melo stays there [in Denver], but it does seem to be holding things up a little bit."
Back in January, the Blazers were linked to a possible trade scenario involving Anthony and the New Jersey Nets that later fell apart. At the time, NBA Fanhouse reported that multiple deals had been impacted by the Melo holdup.

Earlier this week, CBSSports.com's Ken Berger noted that Blazers center Joel Przybilla, who is on an expiring contract, could be of interest to Denver even if they don't trade Anthony.  

Cho also noted said that this year is as unpredictable as ever when it comes to predicting how much trade activity there will be.
"It's hard to say. There's been years where I thought there was going to be a lot of activity and there was one year where only a second round pick got changed. And there was a year we thought would be fairly inactive and a lot of trades happened, so you just never know."
Cho's final message: stay tuned. "Typically, not much happens until the week of the deadline," he said. That would be next week, of course.
Posted on: February 15, 2011 2:33 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2011 2:47 pm
 

Surgeon: Roy may have 1-2 years left in career

The consulting surgeon for Brandon Roy says he may have only 1-2 years left in his career, even under the best case scenario.
Posted by Matt Moore

Portland fans are starting to get excited again. The team's on a winning streak, have pulled into the sixth seed, and LaMarcus Aldridge is the new savior, along with Wesley Matthews. And then part of them also feels that Roy's coming back, and no matter what he's gone through, he's still Brandon Roy. He's still the hero that was going to lead them to a championship. Even if he's gone through a lot, you can never count him out. One Blazer fan told me last night: "Science has to be proven every time to be true!" 

And maybe that's true. But the predictive sciences are not providing a very rosey picture for Roy's future. The Oregonian spoke with the consulting surgeon on Roy'smost recent surgery. And the outlook is not good. 
The "consulting surgeon" whispers that he believes the best-case strategy for handling Roy is this: A) Limit Roy's practice reps to almost nothing; B) Play him off the bench in 65-75 or so games a season, choosing rest in key spots; C) pray. Surgeon suspects the Blazers might get 1-2 years out of Roy employing this strategy. Right now, I think they'd take that, and hope for the best. Roy is a fierce competitor and I won't count him out.
via Canzano blog: Emptying my notebook... smack into a LaMarcus Aldridge alley oop | OregonLive.com.

The article also discusses how a significant oversight would have had to have occurred for the Blazers to have given Roy his most recent extension given the condition of his knees prior to surgery. The questions surrounding the Blazers' training staff continue to skyrocket, even as everyone who works with them personaly vouches vehemently for them. 

Everyone wants to see Brandon Roy defy the odds, overcome his condition and take the league by storm again. But if we're examining the most likely scenarios, the odds of him ever being a major impact player again are slim. His game wasn't an "old man" game like Andre Miller's featuring set shots. He used his athleticism and physical ability to create his shots. Without any lift due to his knees, getting anywhere near the same kind of production will be extremely difficult. Maybe he can be a bench player who contributes the occasional big game, but consider the kind of precaution the consulting surgeon is the best strategy for Roy. How do you commit to Roy on that kind of salary, trying to rebuild your organization, for that kind of limited production? 

No one wants to count out Brandon Roy. But every indication out of Portland is a fearful warning that he may simply never be anything close to the same player again. 
 
 
 
 
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